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Fenix strobe mode as blinky?

Old 05-05-09, 08:49 PM
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Fenix strobe mode as blinky?

has anybody found any downsides to using the Fenix strobe mode as a blinky? I have a heavy cateye that uses four AA batteries. I want to get rid of it. I read through an older thread about this subject. I guess since then has anybody discovered any new problems to the strobe mode? I would use it in day and nighttime.
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Old 05-06-09, 05:22 AM
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During the daytime it would be useful, but I highly recommend you do not use it in the dark.. The strobe pattern is so fast and intense many cars see the strobe and think it is a police car or firetruck approaching.. Even though the sos mode is a little slow, that would be best for nightime use..
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Old 05-06-09, 06:11 AM
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yes, it is too fast. I am planning on getting something like the blaze 1w light to just keep on flashing while a flashlight does all the lighting.
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Old 05-06-09, 10:34 AM
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I use two of them, on the SOS mode. With a little luck, I can get it so that both lights are never off at the same time.

The turbo strobe I don't use -- disturbing. Too bright, too fast. It can cause fits.
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Old 05-06-09, 11:00 AM
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Yes the strobe is terrible. but it is great when I am walking. when cars won't stop when iti s time to cross the street basting a driver in the face with that stops them in their tracks.
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Old 05-06-09, 01:23 PM
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Until my Fenix was lost in an accident I always used it in city night riding.
I actually had the light off to help not piss off riders in their cars. I bet the a-hold who doored me would have seen me and saved me a trip to the ER.
It was a bit annoying to me on a dark road. Boy, did it get attention on the streets and lasted about 2 hours on the same batteries.

I would try the dinnotte which has a flashing mode for $97.00.

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Old 05-07-09, 09:14 AM
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I use my Fenix in turbo strobe mode during the day and in low light conditions. I believe it has kept more than one car from pulling out in front of me.
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Old 05-07-09, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
Until my Fenix was lost in an accident I always used it in city night riding.
I actually had the light off to help not piss off riders in their cars. I bet the a-hold who doored me would have seen me and saved me a trip to the ER.
It was a bit annoying to me on a dark road. Boy, did it get attention on the streets and lasted about 2 hours on the same batteries.

I would try the dinnotte which has a flashing mode for $97.00.

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Never turn off your light to not piss off car drivers, do they turn their light off to prevent you getting blinded? I didn't think so. If you have your light on then they may be angry but they can see you, with it off they may not see you and you could get injured.

As I said before I find the fenix flash too quick and the sos too slow so I am going to buy a blaze 1w that has a decent flash mode, and keep my torch on solid
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Old 05-07-09, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by daven1986 View Post
Never turn off your light to not piss off car drivers, do they turn their light off to prevent you getting blinded? I didn't think so. If you have your light on then they may be angry but they can see you, with it off they may not see you and you could get injured.

As I said before I find the fenix flash too quick and the sos too slow so I am going to buy a blaze 1w that has a decent flash mode, and keep my torch on solid
Agreed, it was my fault on the light but the car was used by under cover cops
in a tinted black SUV and they ran out to back up some other cops.

Last nite I used my Planet bike Alias that is "okay" with 15W nice on the back roads or darker city areas. I used the Blinking mode and it was too slow in my opinion to get attention when you are close to cars or people. The strobe really
got peoples attention especially when I had it on my helmet for a while. Took it off because every time I looked at a driver in a car next to me I really blinded them, even if they were doing nothing wrong so to speak.
I have a planet bike beamer 3 that I specifically use for flashing and used that 2 nites ago.
My experience bottom line is this. People and cars need to have something that REALLY gets their attention. Thus the annoying strobe of the Fenix or similar seems to be the answer. I am looking at some P7 lights that have slower strobes that I may get. I will not have a commuter set-up without any flashing mode.
even the Dinnotte flash mode may seem to slow for what I want, but it does so at a higher brightness that it may be acceptable.

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what is the relative runtime difference between turbo and strobe mode?
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Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
Agreed, it was my fault on the light but the car was used by under cover cops
in a tinted black SUV and they ran out to back up some other cops.

Last nite I used my Planet bike Alias that is "okay" with 15W nice on the back roads or darker city areas. I used the Blinking mode and it was too slow in my opinion to get attention when you are close to cars or people. The strobe really
got peoples attention especially when I had it on my helmet for a while. Took it off because every time I looked at a driver in a car next to me I really blinded them, even if they were doing nothing wrong so to speak.
I have a planet bike beamer 3 that I specifically use for flashing and used that 2 nites ago.
My experience bottom line is this. People and cars need to have something that REALLY gets their attention. Thus the annoying strobe of the Fenix or similar seems to be the answer. I am looking at some P7 lights that have slower strobes that I may get. I will not have a commuter set-up without any flashing mode.
even the Dinnotte flash mode may seem to slow for what I want, but it does so at a higher brightness that it may be acceptable.

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what about the blaze 1w it has the same flash mode as the superflash - that is quite attention grabbing.
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Old 05-17-09, 09:48 AM
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just a quick update. I've been running my $20 deal extreme light on strobe mode during the day. It puts out around 80 lm. It is definitely much more noticeable than my cheaper blinky. As somebody else mentioned it does make you look like an emergency vehicle, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Now that it is summertime here days are very long, so I have not been able to test it out at nighttime that much.
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Old 05-17-09, 11:51 AM
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I would say the strobe mode is the only thing this light is good for on a bike. Even on turbo it's way to dim to use as a bike light. It's a decent "be seen" light, but it doesn't light up the road very well.
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